Conservative Iowa Newspaper to Trump: “The campaign is over. You won”

Gazette

In case you missed it, Trump spoke in Cedar Rapids, Iowa last night.  I tweeted some it.  (See below).

Yesterday the Cedar Rapids Gazette, a paper that leans conservative, ran a front page editorial on Trump’s visit titled “An Open Letter to President Upon His Return to Cedar Rapids.”

Here is a taste:

It’s always a big deal when a president comes to town. But we couldn’t help but notice the main event of your trip today is a campaign rally. We’re glad you’re also making a stop to tour Kirkwood Community College, an outstanding educational and economic development asset in our region.

Mr. President, the campaign is over. You won. Now is not the time to rally. Now is the time to sell your policies, listen to Americans with a stake in those efforts and govern.

Iowans have questions and concerns about your plans. They can’t be heard over the cheers of a rally.

Iowa farmers are concerned about how your efforts to rewrite trade agreements will affect valuable overseas markets for Iowa’s bounty. Your budget blueprint includes cuts in crop insurance and other programs our producers depend upon, especially now in tough times. They’re also worried about cuts to science agencies that approve new crop developments and responses to pests and disease.

Cedar Rapids still is waiting to hear whether the federal government will deliver on its promise to help pay for flood protection in the heart of the city. We hope you’ll let us know how you plan to address the issue and end our wait. And although we understand addressing climate change is not among your priorities, we will point out that the more frequent heavy rains it spawns have brought major flooding to this city twice in eight years. Preparing for the worst is a priority here, not a hoax.

Just a short chat with local leaders clearly would show the project’s importance.

We understand your strong desire to save America’s coal industry. But here in Iowa, we’re already generating a large percentage of our power through alternative energy sources. We’re a state that benefits from economic opportunities sparked by producing energy from the wind, the sun and the crops we grow.

Maybe you’ll see a wind farm or two as you fly in today.

More than 70,000 Iowans face losing health insurance obtained through the Affordable Care Act as uncertainty, indecision and partisan politics roil the health care system. You promised a “terrific” Obamacare replacement, but we haven’t seen anything resembling a terrific plan. There are fears of deep cuts to Medicaid funding for states such as Iowa, jeopardizing care for thousands more. Your appointee to run the Medicare and Medicaid system is the same consultant who advised Iowa to swiftly privatize its Medicaid program, spawning confusion and consternation for patients and providers.

Read the entire editorial here.

And here are a few tweets: